The challenge is to get Sussex promoted after five seasons languishing in the second tier. There was money to play with but my acquisitions have plunged us into the red. Against Leicestershire we have, really for the first, put a performance together. The rise of Sussex looks set.
Day 2: Glamorgan’s 1st innings
They are 358-4 and we look like we might be in trouble here.
Sheffield’s debut hasn’t gone that well either. His figures read 24-2-108-0 which is a harsh lesson for any debutant teenager.
Billy Root continues to blaze but – finally – Sheffield gets his reward, bowling him for just the 154.
Daniel Douthwaite comes in and I look at his profile. We set the field aggressively accordingly. He lasts four balls before chasing a leg side wide from Wiese and Ben Brown takes the snick behind the sticks. 376-6.
It feels like setting field plans might work. Who knew?
We do the same for Ruaidhri Smith seeing as he, apparently, has a knock-kneed fear of spinners.
He lasts a couple of overs before Beer gets his man. But they are still 420-7.
Marchant de Lange flaps at one for 14 off Claydon – 439-8 – and Wiese finally gets Chris Cooke for the small matter of 123. 455-9 – not bad for a 33 year old with a first class average of 36. I loathe him. I consider purchasing a sniper rifle for the return fixture.
My ire is salved when Michael Hogan gets clean bowled by Wiese for a quacker. 455 all out at 12:53 on day two.
We are, as ever, up against it.
Sussex’s 1st innings
But we begin well. At tea, Wells has moved to 52 and Salt is 40 and we are 98 for no loss.
Salt makes 55 from 123 balls before chipping a dolly to Smith off Hogan, but he’s done a really good job of supporting Wells and we are 126-1 with nearly two hours to go.
As we pass 5 o’clock, Wells nicks one and is gone for 69. Stiaan van Syl and Head get going and look infallible.
Then, the collapse.
First van Zyl, then Head, then Bopara fall in quick succession. 3-174 becomes 5-184 and we are staring down the barrel of a miserable failure. Again.
It does not get better. Munsey goes for a 15 ball duck, Wiese – our in-form demon of ball and swordsman of the bat – decides to dice with his visa by getting out for 3.
At close of play we have Brown at the wicket with Sheffield, we are 200-7 and still 106 runs from the follow on.
Typically, the weather now looks set fair.
End of Day 2